The press makes limited edition fine press & artist’s books, as well as prints and ephemera, using hand- and machine-set metal type, and various modern and traditional illustration techniques.
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How it works
Most of the press’s work is printed letterpress from metal (and occasionally wood) type. Letterpress printing dates, in the western world, from the inventions & innovations of Johannes Gutenberg, and continued to be the most common method of printing until the second half of the 20th century. Today, it is mainly the preserve of artists and printers of the highest quality books.
My presses are from the later periods of letterpress history; most of the work is printed on an Autovic platen from around 1940, and a Vandercook Universal III from the 1960s. Smaller jobs are occasionally printed on an Adana Eight-Five: a lightweight tabletop platen, on which very fine work can still be done.
Artwork and illustrations are printed with relief methods (linocut, woodcut etc), as well as various photographic and modern digital methods. Finally, the books are bound in-house, using methods and materials that seem interesting.
Our in-print books are available in the shop.
I usually send out prospectuses for forthcoming books sometime ahead of publication; if you’d like to receive future prospectuses, please sign up to the mailing list.
Forthcoming books include On noise [an artistic and neurological exploration of noise in all its guises], The baby went to sea [an illustrated poem for children] and Anna Livia Plurabelle [the first volume of James Joyce’s Work in Progress, which would later become Finnegans Wake].
I’m usually too busy to consider commissioned printing work, but occasional projects can be fitted in around other work. Even if a project turns out to be too involved for my availability, I’ll almost certainly be able to recommend another printer, so please do get in touch if you have a project in mind.